First 3 Applicants Pass Extended Evaluation

In 2012, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers, accepted applications to create new Top Level Domains (TLDs). A TLD is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, .Com is the most popular TLD today. 1,930 applications for proposed new TLDs were filed. The application process to create a new TLD is a lengthy one. One of the first steps of the application process is the Initial Evaluation phase. Applicants who fail to pass the Initial Evaluation phase are allowed to request an Extended Evaluation. 38 TLD applicants requested Extended Evaluation of their applications. On October 4, ICANN released the first round of results from Extended Evaluation participants. .LTD, .LLC and .Express all passed Extended Evaluation.


October 4, 2013 - In 2012, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, held a historic application round inviting organizations to apply to create new Top Level Domains (TLDs). A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name.  For example, .com is the most popular TLD today.  Over 1,900 applications for new Top Level Domains were submitted in ICANN's 2012 application round, which closed in Q1 2012.

The Application Process to create a new TLD is a lengthy one. The first step in the process was an Administrative Completness check, which consisted of ensuring that the applicants had filled in all required responses and had paid all requisite fees. All of the applicants for new TLDs passed the Administrative Completeness phase.

The next phase of the application process was the Initial Evaluation phase. Applicants who pass Initial Evaluation are allowed to proceed to the next phase of the Application process. Applications who fail to pass Initial Evaluation are given the option to request an Extended Evaluation of their application.  38 Applicants requested Extended Evaluation of their applications.

On October 4, 2013, ICANN announced the first set of Extended Evaluation Results.  .LTD, .LLC and .Express have all passed Extended Evaluation.

The first 3 applicants have passed Extended Evaluation

The table below provides a list of the first three applicants to pass the Extended Evaluation Phase of the ICANN application process for new TLDs.

Priority Number String Applicant Extended Evaluation Results
304.LTDDot Registry LLCApplicant Passed Extended Evaluation
342.LLCDot Registry LLCApplicant Passed Extended Evaluation
1186.ExpressExpress, Inc.Applicant Passed Extended Evaluation

What's Next?

The .LTD application filed by Dot Registry LLC was one of 7 applications filed to create the .LTD TLD.  2 of the 7 applications have withdrawn their application for the .LTD application.  Which leaves 5 applicants still vying for the chance to operate the .LTD application.  Now that all five of the applicants have now passed the Evaluation phase of the application process the .LTD contention set will move into the next step of the application process.  Since none of the applicants have formal Objections pending, the next step will likely involve negotiations or else a bidding process to determine which of the 5 remaining applicants for the .LTD TLD will move on to contract negotiations and pre-delegation testing for the .LTD TLD.

The .LLC application filed by Dot Registry LLC was one of 9 applications filed to create the .LLC TLD.  1 of the 9 applicants for the .LLC TLD has already withdrawn its application.  The remaining 8 applications have now passed the Evaluation phase of the application process.  No formal Objections were filed against any of the .LLC applicants.  Therefore, the next phase of the application process will involve either negotiations or else a bidding process.

The .Express application filed by Express, Inc. was one of two applicants for the .Express TLD.  Both applicants for the .Express TLD have now passed the Evaluation phase of the ICANN application process.  Express, Inc. has filed a Legal Rights objection against the .Express application filed on behalf of Sea Sunset, LLC (a Donuts company). The Legal Rights objection filed by Express Inc against its competitor for the .Express TLD was rejected. The next step in the application process will be for the two applications for the .Express TLD to negotiate or else bid against eachother for the right to proceed to the next step in the application process.

The table below provides a list of the 38 applicants who requested Extended evaluation:

Priority Number String Applicant Status
304.LTDDot Registry LLCPassed Extended Evaluation
342.LLCDot Registry LLCPassed Extended Evaluation
1186.ExpressExpress, Inc.Passed Extended Evaluation
48 العليانOlayan Investments Company Establishment In Extended Evaluation
49深圳 Guangzhou YU Wei Information Technology Co., Ltd. In Extended Evaluation
63 佛山Guangzhou YU Wei Information Technology Co., Ltd. In Extended Evaluation
104广州Guangzhou YU Wei Information Technology Co., Ltd. In Extended Evaluation
125MCKINSEYMcKinsey Holdings, Inc.In Extended Evaluation
273.place1589757 Alberta Ltd.In Extended Evaluation
318.OLAYANGROUPOlayan Investments Company Establishment In Extended Evaluation
541.payDOTPAY SAIn Extended Evaluation
586.locusLocus Analytics LLCIn Extended Evaluation
629.tataTATA SONS LIMITEDIn Extended Evaluation
649.shopCommercial Connect LLCIn Extended Evaluation
675.taipei.Taipei City GovernmentIn Extended Evaluation
721.tuiTUI AGIn Extended Evaluation
758.lifeCompassRose.Life Inc.In Extended Evaluation
786.romaTop Level Domain Holdings LimitedIn Extended Evaluation
818.frlMetaregistrar B.V.In Extended Evaluation
896.payuMIH PayU B.V.In Extended Evaluation
961.supersportSuperSport International Holdings Limited In Extended Evaluation
1118.BCGThe Boston Consulting Group, Inc.In Extended Evaluation
1130.unicornUnicorn a.s.In Extended Evaluation
1193.GEDGED Domains LLCIn Extended Evaluation
1378.onlineI-REGISTRY Ltd., Niederlassung Deutschland In Extended Evaluation
1483.alconAlcon Laboratories, Inc.In Extended Evaluation
1515.rexrothBosch Rexroth AGIn Extended Evaluation
1710.olayanOlayan Investments Company Establishment In Extended Evaluation
1723.shawShaw Cablesystems G.P. In Extended Evaluation
1763.homeDothome LTDIn Extended Evaluation
1795.livestrongLance Armstrong FoundationIn Extended Evaluation
1798.ecoPlanet Dot Eco, LLCIn Extended Evaluation
1839.smartSmart Communications, Inc. (SMART)In Extended Evaluation
1840.artEFLUX.ART, LLCIn Extended Evaluation
1844.transunionTrans Union LLCIn Extended Evaluation
1901.PNCPNC Domain Co., LLCIn Extended Evaluation
1912.ciprianiHotel Cipriani SRLIn Extended Evaluation
1913.JCPJCP Media, Inc.In Extended Evaluation



 

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